Today's Topic: Hong Sin Kwek
on "Crowdfunding with a Difference”.
No. 2836
7 May 2021
Fellow Rotarians, 
We are getting back into the swing of it with our Friday Zoom meetings, but as good as they are, I am looking forward to seeing you all again, face to face at the Crowne Plaza before not too long.

Last Friday, we broke new ground for the club with the Zoom Induction of our new member, Rotarian Sunny Patel.  We all gave Sunny a warm welcome to the club and when we get back together at the Crowne Plaza, we will be sure to bring him up to a microphone for a second welcome.

Last Friday we had the first of our new line up of virtual presenters and enjoyed hearing Siddharth Sehgal tell us about “Doing Business in COVID Times”. This was a very interesting talk which generated a lot of questions from our members. It sets the bar high for our next virtual speaker this coming Friday; we are all looking forward to the rest of the program during May and June.

On Friday’s meeting I shared with you all a letter from our member, Rotarian Heinz Knoke who will be resigning from our club at the end of this Rotary year. Rotarian Heinz joined our club in 1981 but left Thailand for Germany with his family more than twenty years ago. PP Philip and Rotarian Marco highlighted to all our members that Rotarian Heinz was the Rotarian who had begun our Clean Drinking Water Program over 20 years ago (1996 they thought) and that the 600 systems all began with him. I didn't know that, and it was very good that all the members got to hear about it again. The history of our club is very important and that’s part of the reason that we are producing the 60th Anniversary book later on this year.

As you know, PP Mark Butters’ Nomination Committee is hoping to propose a candidate to you very shortly, for the role of President in the Year 2022-23, I am sure it won’t be long now to find out who they propose to be the 67th President of the Club.

I hope to see many of you online on Friday 7th May where our speaker will be Hong Sin Kwek, whose topic will be "Crowdfunding with a Difference”.
Have a great weekend

President David Record

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Topic: RCBS 2021 2Q
Time: Apr 23, 2021 12:00 PM Bangkok

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Rtn Rakesh introduced Siddharth Segal, Sid as he is known to his friends, who runs a chain of fast-casual healthy restaurants with 12 branches around the city. He’s also co-founder and MD of Global Gourmet Systems Co. Ltd. which also owns Indus, one of RCBS’s favourite outstation restaurants. He was a judge on ‘Iron Chef Thailand’, a panelist on the World’s and Asia’s 50 best restaurants, and he’s been voted one of the most important individuals on Bangkok’s dining scene by Thailand Tatler. He’s also the son of one our oldest Rotarians, Ravi Segal... ’nuff said!

“Thank you, Rakesh, for that overwhelming introduction... and of course this couldn’t come at a more opportune time for this talk as once again, almost exactly a year ago, the government has announced a lockdown of all restaurants starting tomorrow”

Last year, Sid noted, “...was difficult as we were not prepared and had to be very innovative to overcome the downfalls, but this time we were prepared and I’d like to share with you some of the ways that we navigated the issues related to our business.

Essentially we have a 7-point plan that sets the scene. Information keeps our staff appraised of the situation as we move forward... Scenario planning vs. strategic planning is based on each foreseen trench of revenue materializing and what we need to do in terms of food cost, labour costs, etc. Then comes Cashflow, which is probably the one most important parts of what we do, because without it we die. Having everything in place we communicate to our teams so they are fully aware of the situation in the event of a rise or dip below the intended revenue stream... and once this is in place we can look at ways to cut costs, or not, and we focus almost 90% of our efforts on revenue generation.... which is exactly what’s going to happen over the next 30+ days at least..”

What Sid calls ‘system thinking’ is very important and there are many levels of innovation that evolve by looking at the company holistically vs. being independent departments with independent issues. With the current lockdown the operation of areas such as restaurants, catering and kiosk business could change dramatically as could the delivery service that might increase. B2B business would definitely be effected.

“The virtual office is something that has become a new normal and we work together on line with Microsoft Teams ensuring that all our security systems are in place and our data is protected with regular catch-ups.

Safety - from customer to staff to delivery to supplier is a key component, and while it may not be possible to fix all the problems as they arise, we don’t waste time trying to put out all the fires... we move on.

Cost cutting includes labour and non-essential staff, inventory and wastage review which helps with the overall food purchasing. The new normal also means that everyone has secondary responsibilities towards the company and multi-tasking helps improve the situation. This is a time for innovation...being confident... and a time to review the core pillars of our business - health, sustainability, customization, speed, efficiency and quality.

Management of Social Media in this business is critical in term of focusing on the right channels, delivering the right key messages, call to action of marketing programmes, creating online communities, and using Influencers to move the brand/s into the forefront. Developing strategic partnerships and building direct delivery platforms helped increase our revenue channels

We also developed Cloud Kitchens, WFH Meal Plans, One For One and Bogo Pasta as a number of initiatives over the past year as part of the new normal. Real Estate also became available in locations that in the past were impossible to get such as J Avenue, The Mall and Bumrungrad Hospital...”

And finally, as a gesture to Rotary, Sid has created a 20% discount code for RCBS members when visiting his website to place orders. Just add in ‘rotarymay’ to activate the discount!

Answering the question from P David of what positivity has the pandemic bought to him, Sid responded that Covid has taught us about what our potentials really are, and that the team spirit from the staff and their understanding that the crisis will ultimately be a short term problem and everyone wanted to see the business through.

Dana, RCBS’s itinerant restauranteur, gave a glowing Vote of Thanks to Sid... one who sincerely understands the tribulations of running a similar operation. An enlightening view point of the restaurant industry during these troubled times.

Reported by

Patrick Gauvain
P David, Rtn Sanjeev and Sunny Patel showing the first virtual induction of a new Rotarian. Congratulations, Sunny Patel!
Sadly we must announce that Rtn. Heinz, who joined RCBS in 1981 has resigned. His Classification was Industrial Consultant and his Honoraria was Paul Harris Fellow, Luang Sit Fellow, Water Fellow. He was born on 2 March 1939 and has German citizenship.  Heinz started our Clean Drinking Water for the Schools programme. He is now retired and lives with his wife Sasichai and two children (Patrick and Katharina) in Germany. Unfortunately due to his confinement to a wheelchair and inability to travel any longer, he felt it prudent that it was time to resign. His generosity and dedication to the club will be missed.

Stay well... Heinz

For Prophylactic Use (ie. Protection against infection):
สำหรับป้องกันการติดเชื้อ (สำหรับคนที่ยังไม่ติดเชื้อและยังไม่มีอาการใดๆ):

First round
- Imervectin 18 mg on Day 1 (for a person of 50-80kgs) 
 (วันที่ 1)
- Imervectin 18 mg on Day 3
 (วันที่ 3)
 Plus….. (และ)
- Imervectin 18 mg
 Daily ทุกวัน
- Vitamin D3 = 1000-3000 iu / day (ต่อวัน)
- Vitamin C = 1,000-2000 mg / day (ต่อวัน)
- Zinc = 50 mg / day (ต่อวัน)
- Quercetin = 250 mg twice / day (2 ครั้งต่อวัน)
Remarks: (หมายเหตุ)
- It is recommended that you take the Imervectin with a meal or right after. (ควรรบประทานยาทันที หลังทานอาหาร)
- Some people may experience some minor side effects such as 1. Slight Heart palpitations 2. Some Dizziness 3. Drowsiness (บางท่านอาจะมีอาการข้างเคียงเล็กน้อยดังต่อไปนี้: 1.ใจสั่น 2. เวียนหัว 3. ง่วงนอน)

Publishing the Yearbook rests on your generous support.. we’re close to achieving our goal but still need more ads… no matter how big or small. Please dig deep into your pockets and support the club. we still have a few more days! :pray:
Friday 7 May 
Zoom Meeting - Hong Sin Kwek
on "Crowdfunding with a Difference”.

Friday 14 May
Zoom Meeting - Programme to be advised.

Thursday 20 May 
FELLOWSHIP NIGHT - Rotarians and New Potential Members at The RoadHouse. Postponed until further notice 
Friday 21 May
Zoom Meeting - Programme to be advised.

Friday 28 May
Zoom Meeting - Programme to be advised.

Saturday 26 June 
Installation Ball at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
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If you missed the Luang Sit Foundation Dinner, then you missed a great evening with Jim Newport talking about Hollywood and Siamese Vampires… and the opportunity to purchase his books. However, Jim is still offering his books at a discounted rate to Rotarians, of which 50% of the proceeds will go to the club.

Books 600THB
CD’s 100 THB -  DVD’s 200 THB
2 Books & 1 CD 1000 THB
Full V.O.S. set 5 Books 2000THB
Plus Postage

The Vampire Of Siam Series:
The Reckoning
The Siamese Connection
A Dark Christmas

Tinsel Town - A Hollywood Story
Chasing Jimi - Jimi Hendrix Story

To place orders please advise Khun Khob or contact Jim Newport directly on  or call 098-902-2410

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Meets first and third Monday of each month at Royal Cliff Beach Resort. 
Fellowship from 18.30 pm and meeting starts
at 19.15 pm. 
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RC Royal Hua Hin meeting schedule 2020 / 2021
P Brian Anderson of our daughter club , RC Royal Hua Hin , has confirmed the Club’s meeting schedule for the current Rotary year . RC Royal Hua Hin would be delighted to welcome any of our members who may be taking a break in Hua Hin to attend their meetings , with the monthly schedule as follows :

1st Tuesday is Fellowship Night
2nd Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari
3rd Tuesday is Board meeting only
4th Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari
5th Tuesday is 12:00 Lunch meeting at Amari (if we have a 5th Tuesday in the month)

The location of Fellowship Night events should be confirmed with P Brian
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Khun Khob’s Club Almanac #2836
7 MAY 2021

Happy Birthdays:

Burce Darrington                    May 7
Frank Janik                             May 8
P’ David Record                     May 10

Wedding Anniversary Greetings:
Pichai Kanivichaporn             May 9


Attendance for 30 April 2021:
38% (2nd Zoom Meeting)

Active Logged-in 33, Exemption Logged-in 8, Absent 67, Total 108


Visiting Rotarians:
Local Club



Asha Sehgal                Rakesh Sodhia
Claude Seigne             PE Finbarr O’Connor
Pinki Arora                   Rakesh Sodhia
Sunny Patel                 Sanjeev Patel

Recent Makeups:

Zoom Weekly Meeting, 30 April 2021: Adrian Topham, PP Andrew MacPherson, Arie Bloed, CP Chumpol Phornprapha, Dana Caron, David Lawrence, David Ravenscroft, P David Record, PP Don Lavoie,  PP Dougie Riach, Elmar Lins, PE Finbarr O'Connor, Jan Cederwall, Jeremy King, Joe Ravensrcoft, John Fotiadis, Klaus Feilkas, PP Krin Charnmaytesakul, Lars Svensson, Leo Alexandersen, Manu Mekdhanasarn, Marco Casanova, Mark Shaw, Mototoshi Kakiuchi, PP Narindar Sachdev, Nicolas Leloup, Patrick Gauvain, Peter Upperton, PP Philip Baechtold, Ragil Ratnam, Rakesh Sodhia, PP Renato Porzio, Rod Vergara, Ronald Livingston, Rui Belo, Sanjeev Chowdhury, Scott Ledwell, Sievert Larsson, IPP Tim Cornwall, PP Vichai Tantrativud, Yannick Thevenot   

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